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Khmer Rouge

n.
A Cambodian Communist movement that was active as a guerrilla force from 1970 to the late 1990s and held power under the leadership of Pol Pot from 1975 to 1979.

[French, Red Khmer : khmer, Khmer + rouge, red.]

Khmer Rouge

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n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Kampuchean communist party, which seized power (1975) in a civil war: in exile since 1979, dispersed in 1999

Khmer Rouge

(ˈkmɛər ˈruʒ, kəˈmɛər)

n., pl. Khmers Rouges (ˈkmɛər ˈruʒ, kəˈmɛər)
for 2.
1. a Cambodian guerrilla and rebel force, orig. Communist and Communist-backed.
2. a member or supporter of this force.
[< French Khmer (or Khmère) rouge literally, red Khmer]

Khmer Rouge

A Cambodian Communist guerrilla force 1970–89 led by Pol Pot.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Khmer Rouge - a communist organization formed in Cambodia in 1970; became a terrorist organization in 1975 when it captured Phnom Penh and created a government that killed an estimated three million people; was defeated by Vietnamese troops but remained active until 1999
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Cambodia, Kampuchea, Kingdom of Cambodia - a nation in southeastern Asia; was part of Indochina under French rule until 1946
Translations
Röda khmererna

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Khmer Rouge

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This period of transition was exploited by the Kmer Rouge to turn popular opinion against them.
During the terrorist reign of Pol Pot and his Kmer Rouge thugs from 1975-79, cities were evacuated, religion was outlawed, temples and wats (temples) destroyed and while anyone with an education was targeted for elimination, it was the monks that caught the brunt of this onslaught.
These are the same men who were mere lieutenants under Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge.